YOU HAVE AN ATTRACTIVE RESUME OPENING FOR A-LIST ARTISTS
SUCH AS CITY AND COLOUR, MOTHER MOTHER, AND THEORY OF A DEADMAN TO NAME A FEW. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO UP AND COMING ARTISTS TO SECURE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THE ONES YOU HAVE HAD?
WHALE AND THE WOLF: Opening up for, and briefly being associated with big A-List acts doesn’t really get old, but we take it upon ourselves to never really fanboy out. We don’t really go out of our way to try to party with any of these cats, mainly because they probably don’t want to party with us… Haaa! I would like to think that in keeping our exchanges with these acts as professional as possible, it allows us further opportunities to play big slots. It’s pretty easy to get blacklisted. So, don’t get blacklisted. We almost got in shit last year opening up for BUSH. It was a rainy day and a big stage with very little shelter from the sideways blowing rain. BUSH was, literally on like, tour stop #2 of a huge crazy long tour, and I don’t think they were super amped to have their uber expensive gear left to the elements at the very beginning of a long grueling tour. I get it. Neither would I. We played direct support, playing to a very large, very wet, very faithful crowd. A part of our stage show involves Brandon on guitar, pushing me quite violently to the ground during the bridge of our song “Badcat”. It’s pretty badass. Well, through the grapevine, the tech crew’s game of telephone got back to BUSH, relaying that the singer of the opening band had a slip and fall on the wet stage, and that it was unsafe to perform that night. We came off the stage, rooster struttin’ after a particularly tight set and were immediately confronted by the show promoters who were concerned for my health. “Did you slip and fall on stage?” they said. “On Purpose” I said. It legit took us quickly pulling up some old tour footage of the stage fight routine from previous shows to convince management that this in fact, was planned. The promoters are OG cool dudes. They laughed it off, but BUSH almost refused to play that night. That would have sucked.